Modern Day Slavery And Human Trafficking In The United States

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One of the most monumental amendments of the U.S. Constitution is the 13th Amendment. This amendment passed at the end of the Civil War and abolished slavery. In 1864, during his speech on this amendment, Hon. Charles Sumner said “All persons are equal before the law, so no person can hold another as a slave; and the Congress shall have power to make all laws necessary and proper to carry this declaration into effect everywhere in the United States.” Over 150 years later, slavery still exists, yet it is shocking to most to hear that it still exists and not a thing in the past. Slavery exists in the form of sex trafficking in which a person is held as a slave by another person. Modern-Day Slavery, major contributing factors to sex trafficking, …show more content…
Some form of human trafficking is happening everywhere and it’s a strong possibility that it is taking place in a city that you live (5 Things to Know About Human Trafficking, n.d.). It has now become a global issue with perhaps more victims enslaved today than ever before (Sanborn & Lew, 2012, p. 779). Human trafficking can be categorized into two categories; labor and sex trafficking. Labor consists of but not limited to such jobs as farming, construction and domestic work and often times are not trafficked. Sex trafficking is slavery because victims are forced into performing sexual acts in exchange for money, food, shelter or other goods (Sex Trafficking of Women and Children, n.d.). Sex trafficking victims are violated and deprived of their basic natural human rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of …show more content…
Often times if they are injured, they are not allowed to heal before being forced into another sex acts. This increases the risk of STD’s such as HIV and pregnancy. The average age of a victims is between 12 and 14 years of age. Most predators prefer a younger victim thus making the child more at risk for a disease.
In 2003 The State of Texas took action in fighting human trafficking. They passed an anti-trafficking law that defined crimes of forced labor or services. With this law hopefully it will deter traffickers from preying on victims.
Modern-Day Slavery is present today than ever before. Although human trafficking may continue to exist, awareness in school, home, church can maybe place a dent on this growing problem. Stricter laws and harsher penalities for the traffickers can serve as an example to others. Each human being is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Never should one feel superior over another human being. A human being is not an object to do as one

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